'It blows my mind': Conservative commentator rips Manafort's 'bizarre' Russia meeting
Paul Manafort speaks to NBC News (screen grab)

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort could potentially face a longer sentence if a federal judge decides that he lied to prosecutors during plea talks.


Manafort is being investigated over "secret meetings inside a New York cigar club," CNN's Jake Tapper explained and added that he might have "passed on private campaign data to a man with contacts with Russian military intelligence."

Tapper explained that it is unusual for a campaign staffer to have secret meetings, especially dinners with people connected to Russia.

"Let me just say, three of you have worked on presidential campaigns. Anybody here had a secret lunchtime meeting with ties to Russian intelligence?" Tapper asked his panel.

"Never," the panel said unanimously.

"Everybody on a campaign knows where you are at, at all times and how to reach you. That's what is weird. That blows my mind. That a campaign manager would leave for an extended period of time and no one asks questions. That's just bizarre," Conservative commentator Amanda Carpenter said.

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